The Ayla Golfclub takes inspiration from the natural dunescapes and magnificent mountains of the Jordanian desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin. The innovative and organic design of the building forms the iconic core of the Ayla Oasis mixed-use resort development in Aqaba city.
▼建筑概览，project overview ©Rory Gardiner
▼建筑的设计灵感来源于约旦天然的沙漠景观和风景壮丽的山脉，the design takes inspiration from the natural dunescapes and magnificent mountains of the Jordanian desert ©Rory Gardiner
The 13,000 square foot building is part of the first phase of a 17 square mile leisure development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan. The development encompasses residential apartments, hotel and commercial space, all centered around an 18-hole signature golf course designed by Greg Norman. The Clubhouse features retail, dining, lounge, banquet, spa and wellness components; while the Golf Academy includes retail, dining, and indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio components.
▼建筑近景，exterior view ©Rory Gardiner
The distinct architectural form Ayla Golf Academy and Clubhouse establishes a unique connection with nature by capturing the elemental, vibrant beauty of the rolling desert landscape. A massive concrete shell drapes over the programme areas, enveloping the interior and exterior walls of each volume under one continuous surface that emerges from the sand.
▼巨大的混凝土外壳覆盖了各功能区域，a massive concrete shell drapes over the programme areas ©Rory Gardiner
The curved shotcrete shell blends with the sand like dunes instead of having conventional walls and ceilings. The curved openings frame the views of the golf course and the colorful Aqaba Mountains in the background.
▼弧形的开口带来朝向高尔夫球场和远处山脉的开阔视野，the curved openings frame the views of the golf course and the colorful Aqaba Mountains in the background ©Rory Gardiner
▼喷浆混凝土外壳细部，detailed view of the shotcrete shell ©Rory Gardiner
▼景观，landscape ©Rory Gardiner
▼室外用餐区，outdoor seating area ©Rory Gardiner
▼檐下空间，beneath the huge eave ©Rory Gardiner
▼餐厅入口，restaurant entrance ©Rory Gardiner
▼餐厅内部，restaurant interior view ©Rory Gardiner
Sunlight is filtered through perforated corten steel screens; similar to the traditional Arabic ‘Mashrabiya’ that were used to insert natural light without comprimising the privacy of spaces. Jordanian patterns inspired the triangular openings of the screens, while the tones of the surrounding mountains are echoed in the colors of the shotcrete and the rustic metals.
▼耐候钢材质的屏墙，the perforated corten steel screen ©Rory Gardiner
▼传统的阿拉伯风格花窗结合了约旦当地的花纹设计，the traditional Arabic ‘Mashrabiya’ combined with local Jordanian patterns ©Rory Gardiner
The construction of the project is the result of a knowledge exchange program between the European office of Oppenheim Architecture and local workforce. Shotcrete pouring techniques were taught to workers in the first phases so that they could take ownership of the construction and obtain specialized skills. A local artist also helped shape the building by applying a traditional pigmentation technique to the interior surfaces, granting a raw, unadorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration.
▼夜景，night view ©Rory Gardiner
Client: Ayla Oasis Development Company
Scope: Architecture, Interior Design
Land Area : 44 sq.km
Total Built-up Area: 5,800 sq.m
Golfclub Built-up Area: 4,100 sq.m
Golf Academy Built-up Area: 1,200 sq.m
Comfort Stations Built-up Area: 500 sq.m
Project Year: 2018
Architect: Oppenheim Architecture Interior Designer: Oppenheim Architecture Golf Consultant: Greg Norman Landscape: Form Landscape Architects StructureConsultant: WMMEngineersAG ShotcreteConsultant: GreuterAG Local Architect: Darb Architects and Engineers General Contractor: Modern Tech. Construction Shotcrete Contractor: Nino Construction Engineers Branding: Ilona Studio
Principals in charge: Chad Oppenheim, Beat Huesler Project Contributers: Aleksandra Melion, Anthony Cerasoli, Tom Mckeogh, Ana Guedes Lebre, Rasem Kamal
Photographers: Rory Gardiner, Moh’d Musa, Rasem Kamal
Oppenheim Architecture: @oppenheimarchitecture Chad Oppenheim: @chadoppenheim Beat Huesler: @beathuesler